Changes Ahead…

And that’s exactly what we are going to be doing at Kara Kamienski Photography for a better client experience. As a business the hardest thing to do is say no. So instead of saying no, we are changing the way sessions, bookings, and the business will run for 2016.

Weddings

Kara Kamienski Photography will continue to book our weddings and Associate weddings as usual ūüôā Weddings are our passion- and we can’t get enough (literally and figuratively!)

Mini Sessions

Starting for the 2016 year we will announce and open our Mini Session dates November 1 of the previous year (so we’ll announce our 2016 dates on November 1, 2015!). Once they are booked, they are booked until we announce the dates in 2017. They will happen twice a year in Monticello and in Washington in August¬†and November. ¬† The official announcement and mini session bookings for 2016 will go live November 2. ¬†We will be posting that information¬†on November 2 (because November 1 is a Sunday!). ¬†A non-refundable retainer is required to book your session! ¬†This year, we sold out of our 30 mini-session slots in less than 2 hours! ¬†So- these are hot items ūüôā If you’re thinking you want to go this route with KKP- plan to be ready to go to book your session ūüôā

Engagement Sessions

Starting November 1, 2015- ¬†Engagement sessions will be on Tuesday¬†or Friday nights only (within golden hour- which varies by season!) within a 30 mile radius of Washington, IL. If an engagement session takes place outside of that radius, it will be an additional charge. KKP reserves the right to use discretion on a case by case basis. ¬†Signups will become mobile-based and must be scheduled using our new online scheduling site as opposed to direct emails and texts! More specific details about your engagement session are included in our new ‘engagement session’ magazine coming soon!

Associate Family Photographer

With the mountain of inquiries KKP receives about family sessions on top of engagement sessions and weddings РKara has become seriously bogged down. And while KKP loves family sessions, we also love being a part of our families just as much. To remedy this, KKP is bringing on Meghan Monkemeyer, one of our fabulous second shooters and associate wedding photographers, as the KKP Family Photographer Associate.  To learn more about Meghan head over to the meet #teamkkp page! (updating soon!) Meghan will be accepting family sessions within a 30 mile radius of Washington, IL at a rate of $500. If you would still like to schedule Kara to shoot your family session it would be $650 on Tuesday or Friday evenings.  Again, scheduling will be done via our online site!

Senior Sessions

Senior sessions will be offered by Kara starting April 1 and ending October 1.  We will not be accepting any senior inquiries during the other times of the year.  Senior sessions are 2 hours in length, feature multiple outfit changes and locations, and receive 30 digital files with printing rights released (and a few surprise gifts!).  The cost of a senior session is $650.  Senior sessions will be available on Tuesday and Friday evenings beginning two hours prior to sundown.  Online booking will be available to secure your spot and a deposit is required to reserve your space.  Sessions will be held within a 30-mile radius of Washington, IL.  Sessions that take place outside of that radius will be an additional charge. KKP reserves the right to use discretion on a case by case basis.

Other Sessions

KKP will no longer be accepting any sessions for newborns and boudoir.  We are happy to recommend some amazing other photographers for these types of sessions!

Workshops (Professionals)

I mean, who doesn’t love workshops by Kara Kamienski Photography? ūüôā The 2016 workshops will be The Workflow Workshop and The Wedding Workshop. These will happen once this year with only 10 spots in each workshop. All workshops will be held at our new building- 117 Peoria Street in Washington! ¬†Conveniently located directly off of Washington’s square- it is the perfect location:) ¬†You’ll get to see our brand new studio- complete with a large workshop room made JUST for our classes ūüôā

THE WORKFLOW WORKSHOP:  Sunday, April 17  10 a.m.- 5 p.m.  $250.  $50 deposit to reserve your space.  Catered lunch included.

This workshop will be the ‘say all’ workshop about what it’s like for us post-production wise! ¬†We will discuss (but not limited to) :

  • card usage and downloads
  • organizing files
  • culling
  • editing in Lightroom and Photoshop
  • use of Presets and Actions
  • writing your own presets and actions
  • file types (what the heck is .dng? and more letter fun)
  • retouching
  • advanced retouching such as head swaps, etc
  • use of templates
  • knowledge of quick keys
  • file upload and sharing
  • file delivery

Our hope is that you leave this workshop with an arsenal of tools to help you expedite your editing workflow and give more time BACK to your life:)  All the while producing amazing photos:)

THE WEDDING WORKSHOP:   Sunday, May 15th, 2016   9 a.m.-6 p.m.  $500, $100 deposit to reserve your space.  Catered lunch included.

This workshop will be the ultimate wedding workshop for current or aspiring wedding photographers. ¬†After 200+ weddings, we’ve seen it all. ¬†And we’re ready to share it with you! ¬†We will cover (but again not limited to) :

  • getting your clients (how do we book so many weddings?)
  • consultations
  • leading up to the big day (scheduling, shot lists, etc.)
  • equipment and must-haves
  • staffing at weddings
  • day of: ¬†schedule, tips, transportation, etc.
  • posing
  • STYLE SHOOT: ¬†we will be having a stylized shoot complete with a bride and groom, bridal party, flowers, and more. ¬†We’ll also be demonstrating same-sex posing as well.
  • file back-up
  • wedding file editing
  • file delivery
  • social media
  • couple follow-up
  • planning for years ahead

We are so excited to share our passion of wedding photography with you! ¬†It’s the perfect way to start a busy summer wedding season!!!

Workshops (Everyday Amateur Photographers- we mean YOU moms and dads and hobbyists!)

When we bought this building we had a workshop room in mind for every level of photographer- we didn’t want to limit it to just professionals. So with that we are going to annually be offering classes! These classes will happen at scheduled times (varying evening and daytimes, as well as days of the week)¬†every 3 months. ¬† Class time will last 3 hours and will be $159 (with an early bird special of $99 to be announced soon). ¬†Class dates coming your way¬†November 2 with our major 2016 KKP date releases ūüôā¬†¬†Some of the topics discussed will be (but not limited to!):

  • Lenses
  • Exposure
  • Aperture
  • Shutter Speed
  • ISO
  • Metering Modes
  • Autofocusing
  • White Balance
  • Focal Length
  • RAW shooting/JPEG shooting
  • Shooting Techniques

It’s recommended that you have a camera (and bring it!), but you are of course welcome to join us to learn all about photography regardless if you have a camera or not. ūüôā ¬†***noted fact, Kara took classes like this before ever owning a camera!!

Workshops (Kids!)

With Kara’s teaching background it’s hard for her to stay away from the classroom and teaching kiddos all sorts of new things. With her passion in photography and teaching, KKP wanted to open classes to kids (ages 8-18)! These classes will happen on¬†evenings and weekend days (varying)¬†every 3 months. ¬† Class times will be 3 hours and will be $75- info to come soon! ¬†Class dates coming your way¬†November 2 with our major 2016 KKP date releases ūüôā ¬†Some of the topics discussed will be (but not limited to!):

  • Lenses
  • Exposure
  • Aperture
  • Shutter Speed
  • ISO
  • Metering Modes
  • Autofocusing
  • White Balance
  • Focal Length
  • RAW shooting/JPEG shooting
  • Shooting Techniques
  • Fun editing

It’s recommended that the kids have a camera, be it a phone, iPod, point and shoot, etc. We will be taking them on a Nature Walk so we can put the knowledge we have learned to work!

The Way We Do Things

Keeping up with the times- KKP is going mobile ūüôā ¬†Full out mobile ūüôā ¬†Be prepared to book your sessions online, fill out mobile questionnaires and contracts, read our ‘What to Expect’ online magazines, and even pay for your session—- all from your phone or tablet ūüôā ¬†We loooovvvee technology and want to incorporate it as much as we can into our business model! ¬†We’re excited for the ease of this new way of doing things for you!

 

As you can see- we’ve put a lot of time and thought into these changes. ¬†We are constantly striving here at KKP to make this business the best it can possibly be for our clients- to provide them with a quality, superior service that they so deserve. ¬†But quality and superior service don’t come with being run down, overworked, and missing your kids. ¬†We are thankful to you for understanding and we can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store ūüôā

Much love:)

Kara and #teamkkp